In the case against Bryan Kohberger, the individual accused of the tragic killing of four University of Idaho college students last autumn, the recent gag order hearing did not yield a verdict, Your Content has learned.
The hearing, held on Friday, prevented prosecutors, defense lawyers, as well as attorneys representing the victims’ families and witnesses, from making any public statements beyond what is already part of the public record.
While court documents provided limited information, they mentioned a potential connection between Kohberger and DNA evidence discovered on a knife sheath, alongside cellphone data.
Judge John Judge commenced the hearing by apologizing to the victims’ families for mispronouncing some of the victims’ names during Kohberger’s arraignment.
The four students who lost their lives were Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin.
During the proceedings, the judge expressed dissatisfaction with the media coverage that followed Kohberger’s decision to remain silent, leading the judge to enter a “not guilty” plea on his behalf.
Attorney Shanon Gray, representing the Goncalves family, presented arguments opposing the gag order.
Gray contended that the revised order excessively restricts what attorneys can disclose about the case.
The judge noted his understanding that the Goncalves family had never been subject to restrictions and had been allowed to express their opinions.
Gray concurred, emphasizing that he should also be permitted to provide his perspective and convey the sentiments of his clients.
Furthermore, he criticized the prosecution, alleging inadequate communication from their side.
Gray hinted that the lack of communication might be a consequence of the family’s early criticisms of the investigation.
In response, Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson refuted the claim, stating that his office had not withheld any information from Gray and his clients.
Thompson advocated for the gag order to remain in effect, highlighting its role in preventing juror bias and maintaining fairness.
The defense team for Kohberger also supported the continuation of the gag order, asserting that statements should be confined to the courtroom.
Gray countered the prosecution’s argument, emphasizing that there was nothing preventing them from contacting his clients even before he began representing the family.
The judge promised to deliver a decision promptly, according to FOX 56.